Pumps propel Davey's global reach
Davey Water Products general manager marketing Rankin McKay with Davey’s Twin Stage Firefighter pump.
The Davey Twin Stage Firefighter pump.
AUSTRALIAN-MADE Davey fire fighting pumps have not only been a big hit on the domestic market but are now sold into every continent around the world.
Davey Water Products general manager marketing Rankin McKay said the key to the success of the pumps was the partnership between Davey and Honda motors.
“Put simply, the success of the Honda-powered Davey fire fighter pump is the result of putting a class-leading pump design and a class-leading power plant together,” he said.
Mr McKay said Davey pumps were sold into places as far flung as China and South Africa.
“Even the Chinese government buys our fire fighting pumps,” he said.
“The Chinese foresters use the Davey because they need absolute reliability and while they can make them cheaper in China they can’t make them better.
“And international paper giant Sappi specifies the Davey/Honda only, to protect their large eucalypt plantations in South Africa.”
Mr McKay said Davey produced two types of fire fighting pumps - a single stage pump with yellow casing and a twin stage with red casing.
“The yellow one is for low pressure, high volume applications and the red one is for high pressure where you want to get further away from a fire or you need to push water uphill to a tank,” he said.
Mr McKay said the market for Davey pumps included rural fire services, farmers, water carters, water transfer and dewatering flood relief.
“It is a very versatile pump that can handle gritty water,” he said.
“Patented independently floating neck rings provide improved pumping efficiency with gritty water and also allow the unit to keep operating efficiently under abusive conditions.”